UPDATE 1-Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

viernes 30 de enero de 2015 19:32 GYT

* Conference to look at risks to planes in conflict zones

* Plane tracking plan in the works after MH370

* Deadly year has put UN agency under pressure (Adds details of Air Asia crash, UN debate)

By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell

MONTREAL, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.

Efforts to adopt new standards for global plane tracking and co-operation on the risks of flying over conflict zones will dominate the meeting on safety in Montreal from Feb. 2-5, weeks ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370, the Malaysian Airlines jet with 239 people on board.

Regulators and officials at the meeting will have to juggle political sensitivities and arguments over the budgets of cash-squeezed airlines.

"Issues such as flight restrictions over conflict zones can only be tackled at a global or regional level," Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, said.

"The global aviation regulatory system should also act more quickly to address the recommendations for safety improvement made by accident investigators," he told Reuters ahead of the talks at the International Civil Aviation Organization.   Continuación...